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SHAFTSBURY — A 20-year-old Manchester man was killed Wednesday night when he was struck by two cars on Route 7, Vermont State Police said.

The man, identified as Frederic W. Wu, was pronounced dead at the scene.

When police arrived, his body was found lying in the middle of the highway, and his car, a 2001 Saab 9-5, was resting about 100 feet down an embankment.

The crash was reported at 9:42 p.m. near mile marker 14.6, and kept Route 7 between Exit 3 in Arlington and Exit 4 in Shaftsbury closed for about three hours.

Trooper Benjamin Irwin said a driver reported that Wu walked into traffic while the driver was traveling south on Route 7.

The driver swerved and braked in an attempt to miss Wu, but struck him with the side of the car.A second car following a short distance behind the first, then struck Wu head-on, Irwin said.

Police did not identify the two drivers. Neither suffered any physical injuries.

Irwin said the investigation is in its early stages, and that more information would be released when it is complete.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Irwin at the Shaftsbury Barracks, 802-442-5421 or by e-mail,

The VSP was assisted on scene by the Bennington Police Department; the Bennington Rural, Shaftsbury and Arlington fire departments, and the Agency of Transportation.


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